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James Tonkowich

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Believing in Beauty by Dr. James Tonkowich

The After Dinner Scholar

The well-laid plan was to fly to Maine for vacation, but it became clear that the travel restrictions there would make for a terrible vacation. So instead, Jim and Dottie Tonkowich drove north. Their vacation trip of about 1,675 miles went from Lander to Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Three Rivers, Montana, Whitefish Lake, Montana, Glacier National Park, and back home via Butte, Montana, Yellowstone and the Tetons. If you’re thinking to yourself, “That must have been beautiful,” you’re on track with the topic of this podcast. Beauty just may be the way to save our troubled world.


30 Jun 2020

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"Friendship in the Bible: The Story of David and Jonathan" by Dr. James Tonkowich

The After Dinner Scholar

Jonathan was Crown Prince of Israel, the man next in line to be king. David was, however, the man destined to be king instead--and that by God's sovereign choice. King Saul knew that God had chosen David and Jonathan knew as well. Yet rather than trying to kill David, "Jonathan loved him as his own soul." The two were the dearest of friends. This lecture by Dr. Jim Tonkowich about the friendship between Jonathan and David opened the 2019 Wyoming School of Catholic Thought on June 9. The school's theme was: "No Greater Gift: Friendship from The Iliad to Facebook."  This podcast is the first in a series of podcasts this summer featuring lectures from the Wyoming School.


18 Jun 2019

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011: How (Not) to Become a Catholic (w/ Dr. James Tonkowich)

The Cordial Catholic

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Dr. James Tonkowich, popular commentator on religion in the public square and a convert to Catholicism to share his essay, "How to Not Become Catholic in 9 Easy Steps." In aplum and charity, Dr. Tonkowich unpacks his own journey as a Presbyterian pastor into the Catholic Church and shares 9 "rules" to follow if you want to avoid his fate: Assume that all Catholics are idiotsGet all your information about the Catholic faith second handAvoid being "Deep in History"Do not read the Church FathersAffirm the "Great Tradition" but don't ask what's includedIf you're Evangelical–ignore the sin of schismIf you're a Mainline Protestant–assume the schism is someone else's faultBelieve the Catholic Church and the Bible don't mixKeep insisting that Catholicism is a grace-free, works-based religionListen to Dr. Tonkowich share his rules on the podcast.Dr. Tonkowich's ebook is available for free from the Coming Home Network International.Visit  Wyoming Catholic College for more information about their programs, including the incredible (and free!) online courses they're offering coming up.Listen to Dr. Tonkowich on The After Dinner Scholar. A podcast featuring faculty, board members, advisors, and guests talking about their books and the ideas that make up with curriculum at Wyoming Catholic College.For more, visit The Cordial Catholic. Send your feedback to cordialcatholic@gmail.com. This podcast is 100% listener supported. For more information about sponsoring the show, keeping this podcast going, and helping me to continue to deliver quality content please visit the Patreon page.  All of your support is welcomed, even $1/mo helps.Theme music is "Sandbox Jingle" by Scott Holmes.  Producers Post-Roll: Stephen, Eli, Tom, Kelvin, Susan, and Eyram.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cordialcatholic)

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12 Jun 2019

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Catholic Roots of American Religious Liberty | James Tonkowich

Catholic Information Center

The American Founders had a strong belief in what was, at the time, a radical notion of religious liberty. Individuals should be free and churches should be free. Most people assume that liberty is rooted in Protestantism and the Enlightenment, yet, as Jim Tonkowich demonstrates, the fascinating and largely untold story is about Catholic thinking about the nature of the individual, the state, and the Church.Jim Tonkowich is the author of The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today. A writer, commentator, and speaker focusing on the role of religion in our public life, Jim is a regular columnist at The Stream and writes a daily devotional at BreakPoint.org. In addition to writing, Jim serves at Wyoming Catholic College as Special Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Director of Distance Learning. He and his wife live near Washington, DC.


13 Nov 2015

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